Gift Guide: 50 Flat or Foldable Finds

Hectic schedules as well as the cost of travel frequently make it impossible to be with all your family and friends during the holidays. Allow the ones you love know you are thinking of them by sending one of these easily mailable goods as a temporary replacement for your company. Every present within this guide folds or squishes flat to fit in a 9.5″x12.5″ $4.95 flat-rate smaller or envelope, so there’s no need to feel like Scrooge when deciding who makes your record this season.

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Air Vase – $28

Not merely are the bold and vibrant colours of the vase certain to impress any design fan, but how it ships level and is constructed entirely of paper will trim your vacation postal expenses.

Mailing size: Horizontal 7.9″ square


Bronze Stars – $22

For your friend with impeccable taste who’s impossible to buy for, think about this clean and ventilated home accessory a secure bet. No one can withstand unique designer decorations.

Mailing size: Thin bundle 4.5″ long

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Arbitax Cardcase Holder – GBP 22

Nothing gives the serious businessman instant street cred like pulling a sleek pink card case. This is the best present for someone who has to have a little more fun at work.

Mailing size: 3.9″ x 2.5″ x.5″


MyLife USB Ceramic Candles – $72

You may be struck by how beautiful these bracelets will seem draped on your loved one’s throat, but they’re also practical USB drives.

Mailing size: Level; shield with in an inch of bubble-wrap.

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Thread Lid (Antiprism) – EUR 9.50

Whether you send it alone or with a particular trinket to tuck inside, this foldable box and lid set is a wonderful storage option for people who believe that an item is only as good as its wrap.

Mailing size: Horizontal 8.7″ x 11.8″ sheet


Tattone Temporary Tattoo – $5

For 2012, I predict a Pantone colour which is going to be more on the natural side — your skin. Who would not wish to get designer tattoos in the email this holiday season, or any season at that?

Mailing size: Fits in a notice card


New Flowers – $13.96

Send flowers that are certain to survive over a few days. All these 32 unique floral papers can grace the dining table every day.

Mailing size: 11.4″ heap of 32 sheets rolls or folds up for transport


Juice Pack Reserve Portable iPhone Charger / Battery Pack – $34.95

Keep that special someone out of running from battery life on an iPhone or even iPod. Keep this miniature charger useful and constantly have that required extra juice.

Mailing size:1.5″ x 3″ x.5″

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Tea Diver – $20

Surprise your tea-snob friends with this Korean diver-inspired strainer. But by no means should you urge what tea to use with it.

Mailing size:5.8″ x 1.9″ x 1.9″

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Mikro Man 12: Fix – GBP 7.50

Create your own miniature home-improvement vignette with no pain or frustration of the real thing. These incredibly intricate sculptures by Sam Buxton mail flat and unfold to become sculpture.

Mailing size:Horizontal 5.3″ x 3.3″ sheet


Crumpled City Maps – EUR 12

For your friend who thinks folding and rolling maps is for people with a lot of time on their hands, send a travel accessory which can easily be stuffed into a coat pocket. These well-designed travel channels may stand up to virtually any adventure.

Mailing size: 4.5″ x 6″ x 1″

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Quantify — Produce Season – AUD 18

Your family and friends will never have to guess whether apples or zucchini are in season. With this easy and tasteful chart, make guides are clearly displayed by year and hemisphere.

Mailing size:Flat11.4″ x 5.1″


Nordic Light Candle Holder: 7-Arm – $99

The heavy Nordic influence of the candelabra means that it is more than just visually magnificent; it is also versatile and practical. Notice how the arms swivel to any place. Give this to someone who appreciates understated design.

Mailing size: 12″ x 8″ x 1.5″ collapsed


Plant Label Stakes – $14

This gives add function and ornamental flair to a raised bed or indoor planter.

Mailing size: Horizontal 11.8″ x 5.9″

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Leaf Stickie Notes: Ginkgo – $4

For someone who notices the beauty in nature’s creations, then share these brightly thoughtful ginkgo tacky notes which detail the veining of the leaves.

Mailing size: Flat7.9″ x 5.9″ pad

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Adhere to the slogan of the company,”you lose what you don’t hold,” and give this folding phone wallet. Your friend can use it to keep his phone, cash, keys and more at hand.

Mailing size: Slightly Larger than an iPhone


Designer Emulation Kit – $29

Give the midcentury style enthusiast the present that they’ve always wanted — Castiglioni’s Arco floor lamp, Maurer’s Lucellino lamp, or Sapper’s Tizio lamp. With this pop-out kit, you are able to send all of three.

Mailing size: Horizontal 4.8″ x 6.8″ card


Tea Towels – $32

While I love the idea of tea towels, they tend to seem like they had been created solely to be used in a kitchen which counts doilies as its main design feature. Not this pair.

Mailing size: Folds to 7.5″ x 10″


LED Bicycle Light – $29

Help a friend safely combine the bicycle revolution with these fun and colorful bicycle lights. There are also many possibilites for integrating these little detachable lights into the house.

Mailing size: 1.3″ x.8″ x.5″


Small Leather Sectional Globe – AUD 33.95

This flat-packed, leather globe is anything but normal. Also available in metal and bamboo, give one or all three for an attractive and educational home accessory.

Mailing size: Horizontal 7.9″ x 11.8″ pack


600 Black Spots: A Pop-up Book for Kids of All Ages – $14.95

David Carter redefines the pop-up publication, repackaging it into a beautifully modern language that’s entertaining and appealing to kids and grownups alike.

Mailing size: 9.4″ x 9.4″ x 1.3″


Tangent Mobiles – $16

Interactive artwork is always fun to give and get. Send one or more of these concentric ring mobiles to bring some needed flair to any space, particularly when winter is in its dreariest.

Mailing size: Horizontal 10″ or 3″ diameter


Half-Spectacle Acetate Magnifying Glass – $85

Surprisingly relevant, this magnifying glass by Maison Martin Margiela will let everybody know how serious about design you are.

Mailing size: 2″ x 3″


Buckyballs – $34.95

Have a friend who always complains about being bored at work? Give him a pair of fun magnetic Buckyballs. This desk puzzle will inspire the many reluctant worker.

Mailing size: 2″ x 2″ x 5.2″

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3 WindMills Light Switch Sticker – GBP 16.90

Send a friendly and subtle reminder that it is always wise to conserve energy.

Mailing size: Horizontal 12.5″ x 4.7″

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HUG Bowl – $118

Without resorting to some dingy wicker basket for your dining room table, keep all of your fruit corralled and in plain sight. This solid surface bowl hugs your fruit to keep it in position, and would make a fantastic present for any urge of form follows function.

Mailing size: 11.3″ x 9.5″ x.5″


Ready-to-Grow Collection – $57.73

Allow your urban-dwelling friends to join in on the vegetable-growing celebration by sending them these insta-grow, dehydrated vegetable packs.

Mailing size: 7.1″ x 7.1″ x 2.4″


Drip Ruff – EUR 9.20

Along with a delicious bottle of pinot noir, send a bundle of these tasteful paper-drip ruffs to safeguard the white linen tablecloth.

Mailing size: 5.5″ x 2.2″ x 1.2″ box


Doxie Go Mobile Document Scanner – $199

Scan, sync and send to the cloud over 600 pages of files in just 1 battery life. On the lookout for cable direction? Here’s your final solution.

Mailing size: 10.5″ x 1.7″ x 2.2″

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Flat Pack Carrier

Know someone who’s never content with the status quo when it comes to home accessories? Send this laser-cut flat-packed basket and let that certain someone know that you are anything but predictable.

Mailing size: 15″ diameter, folds flat


Bierfilzl Wool Coasters – $18

A well-made coaster is essential to maintaining your furniture shielded, but surprisingly difficult to come by — and nobody makes beer accessories such as the Germans do. Send a friend a pair or 2 of these Bierfilzl wool coasters for some holiday cheers.

Mailing size: 4″ x 4″ x 1″


Spektral + Sto-Lang Paper Mobiles – $18

Seeking to brighten someone’s holidays? Send this colorful hanging mobile. It is one big party in a tiny bag.

Mailing size: 4″ x 4″ x.5″


Send holiday cheer along with a backyard in one festive little postcard. Your pals can exercise their green horn while stuck inside during winter.

Mailing size: 6.25″ x 4″ x .75″ closed

Wooden reindeer – $21.58

On the lookout for holiday decorations that don’t shout”Santa’s workshop burst in my living space”? Look no further than these attractively simple Nordic reindeer.

Mailing size: Level 3″ card


Modern Candle Holder – $25

Present a piece of home decor which relies on simplicity and purpose for its attractiveness.

Mailing size: Folds to11″ x 1.5″


Knitted Vase Cover TILLI with Screen Print – $30

As a devotee of this reused glass jar vase, I urge a little extra effort for your talented floral arrangements using a beautifully knitted cover.

Mailing size: 9.8″ long, squishes level

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Wooden Vase Necklace #310 – $32

Make sure that there is always a fresh floral arrangement on hand using a tiny necklace vase.

Mailing size: Small pendant sizes change


DIY Paper Puppet FOX – $8

Few things are as fantastic as receiving a paper fox shadow puppet in the email.

Mailing size: 4″ x 2.8″

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Blocks A4 – GBP 16.50

Sometimes it only takes a pencil and an eraser to create a workspace. Let the upcoming big idea to flourish by keeping this useful place within arm’s reach.

Mailing size: 2.8″ x 2.8″ x.5″

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Pigs Can Fly Wondercard – AUD 7.25

Send someone a letter that’s a present in itself. Inspired by the thaumatrope toys of the 1820s, this optical illusion game is going to be inspirational and fun for all.

Mailing size: Level 4″ x 4″


Cork Birdhouse – GBP 29.50

By providing this collapsible cork birdhouse, you not only provide neighborhood birds a place to park, but also return a piece of nature back to its former habitat.

Mailing size: 11″ x.6″


Delfonics Roll Pen Case – $23

Help artistic friends keep writing and drawing provides mobile, organized and easily accessible with an appealing canvas roll case.

Mailing size: 10″ x 8″ case rolls up for transport

F1 Move sterile Set

Allow loved ones to arrange their own lives and their closets while off on vacation — visiting you, of course!

Mailing size: 12″ x 9″ pouch folds to 6″ x 4.5″ or smaller

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Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman – $26.99

Any fan of contemporary architecture should own this particular documentary on photographer Julius Shulman.

Mailing size: 5.3″ x 7.5″ x.6″


10″ iPad Sleeve – $44

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Bring a Little of Your Garden Inside for Fall

I will be honest. I ditched my lawn halfway through the season and spent my free time with friends and preferred tasks. I think it had something to do with the major garden cleanup I did within the spring. After hundreds of hours spent moving and digging and carting just to re-dig and proceed again, I chose to throw in the trowel (ha) and proceed on to spending my time with things that weren’t going to fade away a couple of months later. It was clear that I had been a bit burnt out and that I needed to escape.

And needless to say, now that the atmosphere is starting to become crisp and my perennials are beginning to whither, I’m ready to go back to my lawn again. Feeling slightly guilty that I made it high and dry and eventually admitting to myself that it is almost time to put everything away, I had the idea I could bring in my preferred planter that I never got around to filling. One thought led to another, and that I realized many of the outside decorations and natural components we like in summertime can come with us in our homes for autumn. Look ahead to find out what I mean.

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Branches. So needless to say a leafy branch will only last you a couple weeks into autumn, but it might still look great when it sheds its leaves. Take a peek at this kid-friendly project that places branches to good use.

Tips: Inspect for bugs before bringing branches indoors. If they still have leaves, then keep them fresh longer by cutting them in an angle in the base just before placing in water.

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This room makes me want to sit down and look at a good coffee table book. Branches on either side of the desk include character to a distance that might have otherwise felt stiff and imperfect. I like branches because of their naturally organic shapes and also because they’re simple to discover.

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Bench. Based on what your bench looks like and if the lines, colour and style fit into your house, you might be able to get away with using it indoors during the warmer months. If you do not have sufficient space in your entryway, look at using it in the kitchen table or close to a window.

Hint: Utilize a soft-bristled brush to remove loose dirt then gently wash with soapy water. If there is mold or mildew, you might choose to use white vinegar diluted with water to eliminate it. If this doesn’t work, resort into a bleach and water mix. Wipe down using a hose, then pat dry with a towel and wait till it dries completely before bringing it indoors.

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You are able to soften the vibe of your new seating by adding a couple big cushions or possibly a thick wool blanket. Pulling a bench indoors will also supply you with extra chairs for those holidays.

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Planters. Whether it is large or small, chances are likely that you have a favorite planter you tuck away year after year. While it is certainly exciting to see it once spring arrives, it might be something you’ll be able to enjoy all year also.

Hint: Remove all of the dirt used with the prior plantings and clean with warm water. Wipe out and then use fresh dirt for the new plants that you intend on incorporating.

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A set of urns or planters that may generally be used outside an entryway can be an intriguing addition to your fireplace or possibly a door in your home. You might also divide them up and use them in separate rooms or choose to place away one and maintain one out.

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Stump dining table. If you’ve got the space in your toilet, a stump table with a pure finish provides warmth and also somewhere to place a few candles. It retains the space feeling serene and spa-like, and it is always nice to escape to after a long evening of autumn cleanup.

Hint: If you are using a stump of your own, make sure that’s dried out and inspect for bugs. If there aren’t any bugs, use a stiff wire brush to remove residue or dirt when your bark is removed then sand the log smooth. Apply linseed oil and let dry. End with urethane if you prefer.

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All right, so this particular stump table is pretty nice, and it is quite clear it was not simply peeled, sanded and varnished. However, the concept remains the same. Small tables like this 1 look fantastic when paired with a reading chair or bookshelf.

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Potting bench. Who is to say that planting wants to stop when the ground freezes? Indoor potting benches are the perfect place to carry on with your green-thumb hobbies throughout the autumn and winter and also duplicates as a great spot to paint. I have a potting bench indoors, and it is my go-to desk for virtually any project that’s cluttered.

Hint: If you’re bringing in your outside bench,examine the potting bench with a wire brush to remove dirt and scrutinize the corners for spider nests. Use white vinegar diluted with water and spray it over the entire surface. Let soak for a bit and then rinse with a hose. Pat dry and bring indoors just when dried entirely.

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Although this isn’t just a reclining seat, it does a nice job of demonstrating what warm rustic style a weathered table can bring into a space. A reclining seat in a living or dining area will add both function and personality. I’m a big fan of adding furniture and decorations throughout the warmer months and taking them away once spring arrives — warm and cozy in the winter, cool and fresh in the summer.

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Statues. Many times, there are garden sculptures that look just as great inside as they do out. I enjoy this one since it is sort of whimsical and adds a little humor to get you through the lengthy spell of snow and ice dam remowal little rock. If your lawn sculptures seem too small, try resting them on a base very similar to this one to include quantity, or create room for you on a bookshelf.

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This is just another statue, also raised from the floor for much more emphasis and easier viewing.

Pickings could be slim at this time, but summer and early autumn can be a good time to search for a garden sculpture or two, as they can be pricing in the beginning of summer.

What do you bring inside from your yard this autumn?

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Houzz Tour: Shingle Style Meets Soho on the Jersey Shore

This exceptional land on Long Beach Island in New Jersey gives a big nod to coastal hammer design on the exterior while maintaining an unexpected open, mild, and loft-like interior. The association between the architect and the owners began with a magazine clipping of the architect’s own surf storage shed, and resulted a beautiful and unique waterfront home. Let us take a look at the spectacular outcomes.

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The three-bedroom house is approximately 1,800 square feet in size. Site restrictions dictated a drawback from the waterthat along with the homeowners’ needs motivated a somewhat serpentine plan which follows the water’s edge. “Occasionally the challenge and constraints create a more interesting design that wouldn’t occur under normal circumstances,” states Bubnowski.

Amazingly, his plans did not require one variance. The outside is respectful of the circumstance and fits in with its own shingle style facades.

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When architect Richard Bubnowski met the few who owned this property, he inquired how they had found him. “The spouse pulled a 3-year-old journal clipping of my personal surf drop,” he clarifies. Because the father and son were surfers, he had already earned some points with them until they ever met.

That is actually the facet of the home as seen in the entrance court. “The home tiers up and away from you; so from here it looks like a little one-story cabin,” Bubnowski states. The first room you enter has a massive surfboard closet, which sets the tone for your house. The plan moves from public to private; the last tier one would achieve from here is your master suite upstairs.

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After entering through the foyer, the perspective of the public spaces is open. The fireplace divides a family room in the dining area and the kitchen outside. The fireplace facade is covered in local reclaimed oak, which adds warmth to the open space and supplies a texture with a history.

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The owners and their adult son had a vision for the home which incorporated industrial style. The son, a musician who lives in Manhattan, and brought ideas relating to this aesthetic to the design table. “He said he liked old things, he liked new things, and he liked industrial,” Bubnowski states. The result is an eclectic home that fits into its context with a shingle-style exterior along with a SoHo, open-loft aesthetic inside.

Case in point: The dining area is open to the sitting area and the kitchen. These upholstered tubular chrome seats pull up to a workbench-like industrial table. Along with the whole home has a killer audio system.

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The kitchen uses a huge array of materials, including reclaimed wood closets, tiling and stainless steel countertops and a slate floor. “Each wall in this house is painted white,” Bubnowski states. “There are several textures, finish colors and beams which we didn’t have to add colour through paint… we allow the white paint function as a background for all these materials.”

The design connects different spaces through materials. In this image, you are able to see how the diagonal line of teak beneath the railing plays off the door all the way across the space, and how the reclaimed wood at the kitchen relates to the fireplace. The slate floor is continuous throughout the whole space.

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Even though Bubnowski planned out where the appliances goes , he credits the interior designer he collaborated with, Donna Grimes, together with the ingenious composition of these shelves and cabinets. They are made from whitewashed local reclaimed timber.

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Above the sink is a view to the cove. The lower half of the room has a bit of a farmhouse feel, with the whitewashed reclaimed wood cabinets, slate floor, mahogany counters and plantation sink.

The counter functions as a little dividing line within this country/industrial space: Right above you’re more modern opaque glass tiles, white timber and industrial pendant lights. It’s the perfect case of the son’s desire fulfilled: old, new and industrial elements forming a cohesive space.

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Looking upward again, exposed metal beams and a metal and wood railing add to the industrial aesthetic.

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“The homeowner had good flavor,” states Bubnowski. The spouse and interior designer Donna Grimes picked out the light fixtures collectively. Note the way the lines of the industrial sconce on the ideal play the lines of the railing.

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A guest room contains chair-rail-height walnut planking. “Hanging the planks made the room feel bigger,” states Bubnowski. This room and another guest area on the first floor have been tucked under the master suite.

Side note: Sam Oberter is your gifted photographer who shot the pictures of the New Moon Cottage. He’s also a surfer, so he and Bubnowski hit it off right away and have become good friends.

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Like most of the rooms at the home, the master bathroom benefit from the natural light along with the takes in the view of Harvest Cove. The paneling is a nod to traditional cottages, although the remainder of the light-bathed room is spacious and modern.

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This is a plan of both floors. I know it’s a little hard to read at this size, but you can understand that the second floor routine only has rooms on the ideal side; the remainder is that the roof over the entrance, the dining area and the spacious attic landing area at the top of the stairs. Because the plan is spacious and narrow, almost every room in the home gets to enjoy the view of the cove.

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You are able to see how the border of the home follows the waterline; the master wing tier is able to float somewhat further out because the land does.

Thanks so much to Richard Bubnowski for helping us get to know this home better. It is available as a vacation rental, so if you’re lucky enough to manage it, you may opt to experience it in person.

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The best way to Get a Concrete Flooring Prepared for Linoleum

Linoleum on a concrete ground needs more sweeping up a small grime and that eliminating your old flooring. The area should be free and clear of any items that may affect the glues. Cracks that may allow moisture to seep through the concrete should be repaired, as well as the floor has to be leveled. Failing to get a ground prepared for linoleum correctly could result cracking or lifting of the linoleum over time.

Sweep the concrete to eliminate particles and big grime from the ground. Vacuum the ground to eliminate and particles sweeping using a broom may skip.

Don safety goggles to guard your eyes. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and gloves.

Mix 1/2-cup of tri-sodium phosphate with 2 gallons of water that is hot in a 5-gallon bucket. It’s possible for you to find TSP at home improvement facilities and hardware stores. Working in small places, scrub the floor using the TSP as well as a mop to clear grime, oil, paint and any grease from the ground.

Rinse the area with clear water. Wipe up the excess water before shifting to the area that is next. Allow the floor to dry completely. Drying times will differ depending on humidity and the climate.

A ground patch that was pre-mixed created for use to fill holes and any cracks in the flooring. Use the straight-edge of a trowel or a putty knife to smooth the the top of region that is patched, feathering the edges to mix the patch to the concrete. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for just about any special program factors and drying times.

Pour water into a 5-gallon bucket and include ground leveling compound with water to the consistency of a milk shake. Check the instructions on the leveling compound for the correct water to powder parts for the greatest outcomes.

Fill any depressions in the flooring with all the leveling compound. Feather the compound utilizing a trowel or putty knife along the edges of the depressions to mix the item with all the around floor. Drying times will differ based on the merchandise manufacturer’s suggestions along with the climate problems.

Wrap ablock of wood in a sheet of program-grit sand-paper. Place a dusk mask over nose and your mouth. Sand the complete area of your flooring. This assures the glues you use to your linoleum will bond together with the concrete. Vacuum any dirt from the ground.

Cut 6-mil plastic sheeting in to several 2 foot-by-2 foot items. Place the plastic on various parts of the ground. Tape the plastic to the flooring with duct-tape, sealing all sides.

Let the plastic sit undisturbed for 2-4 to 4-8 hours. In the event the concrete seems darker under the the plastic or condensation seems on the lower of the plastic, you ought to contact before installing the linoleum ground, a contractor who specializes in moisture problems.

Check the humidity le Vel of the room. Don’t install the linoleum before the humidity le Vel reads between 6% and 4-0%. After the appropriate humidity le Vel is reached by the space, continue with installing your linoleum ground.

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The best way to Glue Laminate Flooring Trim

Finishing a ground career with trim that is sloppy function ruins the layout movement of your house. It wants a great glue software as your floor trim functions as a buffer between the baseboards as well as the flooring. Laminate flooring shrinks somewhat according to the temperature and air moisture and swells. Allow for normal by leaving a 16-inch of room between the woodwork as well as the trim.

Allow any laminate items that are new to acclimate to your own home. Open the box and allow the breath for 48 hours.

Where you plan to to put the trim brush particles in the floor location. Remove any glue that is old using a putty knife.

Place the trim in to place to confirm it’s dimensions and the correct cut. Apply just one bead or line of glue from end of the piece to other, stopping short of the finish about 1/2 inch. Stopping quick stops the glue from seeping to another side.

Press the piece easily. Avoid getting glue on the laminate that is around or baseboard. Beginning in the center push on the trim somewhat and working outward. This eliminates any air bubbles in the glue.

Let the glue dry for putting furniture onto it or 1-2 hrs or even more before walking onto it.

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The best way to Cover a Stipple Ceiling Up

A ceiling is designed to to include a visible texture to a location. A typical process to produce a ceiling would be to skim coat the area using a coat of drywall compound tap the conclusion of a dry -bristled paint brush to the area that is damp. The procedure to cover a ceiling up is a task that is challenging but it’s not as hard as it seems. One indicates to protect a ceiling would be to put an extremely thin layer of drywall compound, also identified as a skim coat, on the ceiling utilizing both a a dry wall knife or a roller.

Put on safety glasses.

Scrape the ceiling that is stippled using a 4 inch dry wall knife to eliminate peaks more than 4 4 mm tall. Skip this in the event the stippling is extremely gentle with peaks under 4 mm tall.

Look in the location and find cracks and bigger holes.

Open the dry wall compound. Premix dry wall compound comes in buckets. Place enough dry wall compound to the dry wall t-Ray to fill cracks and the bigger holes. Add sufficient water, if required, to produce a combination that is thick comparable to set pudding. The correct consistency of water and the dry wall compound permits the combination to to keep a peak when touched. Add small quantities of water. Mix water and the dry wall compound to test for the consistency of pudding, however capable to peak when touched. Repeat until the proper consistency is attained.

Fill cracks and bigger holes with dry wall compound. Load the front-edge of the 4inch dry wall knife with dry wall co mpound. So the dry wall co mpound is to the back-side, turn the dry wall knife. Place the fringe of of the dry wall knife on the ceiling at the finish of the crack or the top of the hole. Position the dry wall knife therefore it are at a 4 5-diploma angle. Pull the dry wall knife or crack to fill. So it’s as even while achievable using the ceiling area, level the dry wall co mpound together with the end-of the dry wall knife. Remove extra dry wall co mpound together with the end-of the dry wall knife.

Allow the filler to dry entirely before continuing. This can take from to four hours-depending on temperature and the humidity of the room.

Sand the dry wall co mpound positioned in cracks and the holes till it’s easy. Place a chunk of 400-grit sand-paper parallel together with the surface. Move the sand-paper in a round motion feather and to easy the edges to the around region. Feel the surface of the dry wall co mpound to make sure smoothness. Continue to sand if required. Note: Sand-Paper comes in numerous grits. The grit refers to the roughness of the sand-paper. The greater the amount, the nearer together the granules are around the sand-paper area. The nearer the granules are together, an area that is smoother is going to be created.

Wipe down the area using a moist fabric or sponge to eliminate dust. Allow the region to dry totally before continuing. The method will simply take 1 to 3-0 minutes-depending on temperature and the humidity of the room.

Place a generous sum of dry wall co mpound in a dry wall t-Ray. Add sufficient water to produce a creamy combination that is thick comparable to set pudding. The correct consistency of water and the dry wall compound permits the combination to to keep a peak when touched. Add small quantities of water. Mix water and the dry wall compound to test for the consistency of pudding, however capable to peak when touched. Repeat until the proper consistency is attained.

Slide the 1/4inch, brief nap, dampness-resistant plastic or phenolic core roller on the roller manage.

Place the roller in the dry wall combination and coat it.

Roll the mixture on the ceiling to generate a a skinny 1/16 to 1/8 inch of dry wall co mpound covering . Cover the whole ceiling. Allow 2 4 hrs to be dried by the drywall compound.

Sand the area of the ceiling utilizing a block with 400-grit sand-paper. Apply mo Re dry wall co mpound in are as where indentations from your stippling are nonetheless noticeable.

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The best way to Fix a Clogged Central Air Conditioning Drain

Many contemporary houses are outfitted with air conditioning techniques. If you’re trying to market your house, maintenance on those systems is essential, particularly. One possible problem that may occur is a drain. The in-door program part generates water residue, or condensate, that has to be drained to the exterior. This condensate to depart the interior is generally allowed by a pipe extending from the exterior wall of the home, but nevertheless, it may become clogged with buildup. An easy clog removal process allows one to have an adequately operating program for a sale as well as house inspection.

Locate the drain line on the the surface of the house. This line is usually positioned near or behind the exterior air-conditioning device; it’s usually a black or white PVC (poly vinyl chloride) pipe extending in the wall.

Remove the cover in the access hole on the drain line using a wrench. Each pipe may have a cover kind that is different depending on the installation that is initial. Consult the guide for certain protect removing instructions of your system’s.

Place a damp/dry vacuum close to the entry hole. Confirm by by eliminating any paper filters from its inside, the vacuum is set to get a moist suction procedure. Each vacuum producer features a different setup procedure for suction methods that are moist. Consult the guide for specific directions of the vacuum.

Hold from the entry hole. Turn the vacuum on. Allow the vacuum to suck the clog from the drainpipe.

Turn the vacuum off. Look in the storage tank of the vacuum yourself-re leasing the protect. Visually confirm that the vacuum was entered by the clog. There ought to be an obvious a-Mount of algae or other residue inside. Reattach the protect of the tank.

Remove the vacuum in the access hole. Reattach the protect using a wrench of the entry hole. Turn on the airconditioner program and let it run through its processes. Water should gradually drip from your drain pipe indicating the clog continues to be removed.

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The best way to Hang a Mirror on Ceramic Tile

Bathrooms with ornamental or specialty tile have tiles that extend to the ceiling in the floor. While this look makes for easier cleaning and is spectacular, it may make it challenging to install things into it it. To to hold a mirror above your bathroom sink on a wall you need to penetrate the tile from which to to hold the mirror and install wall anchors.

Measure the mirror as well as the wall where you want to to hold it. Determine where the screws will soon be placed. As an example, some mirrors hang with a wire on the other side of the back, while the others have clips that are specifically positioned. When determining where to place the screws take notice of the hanging approach.

Place pieces of masking tape on the wall where the screws will soon be installed. Mark each bit of tape where you are going to drill, using a pencil.

Place a carbide- or diamond-tipped drill bit to the drill.

Dip the bit into a vial of oil that is cooling and place it against the pencil mark on the tape. Twist the drill again and forth several times make it possible for the bit to bite to the tile.

Begin drilling gradually to the tile. Keep a light-pressure on the drill as it undergoes the tile and to the drywall. In the event the bit starts to smoke or change red, quit and redip it before continuing to the oil.

Push a wall anchor into each hole. Make sure you use screws and anchors designed to support the the weight of the mirror you’re hanging.

Screw the hanging screws to the anchors, utilizing the drill. Leave a tiny section of the screw-head standing out of the wall to provide the mirror something where to to hold.

Line up the wire or hanging clips of the mirror using the screws and hang the mirror on the wall.

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The best way to Install a Ceiling Fan Light Twin Dimmer Switch

One switch usually gives electricity that is only requiring one to utilize chains to select a lover pace, and to to show the lights on / off. It’s possible for you to install a ceiling fan-light dimmer that is twin switch to to use light intensity and the fan speed in the wall change area that is first. The change that is new does need a wire that is extra to to be able to operate to to split up the light from your fan.

Turn in the light change in your ceiling fan. The blades are turning as well as the lights are burning.

Find the 15- or 20- . Turn the breaker off to disconnect the electricity. The ceiling fan-lights will be off as well as the fan blades will stop turning when you flip off the breaker that is right.

Hold a non-contact voltage tester from the ceiling fan wall-switch cover plate. When electric power isn’t current in the switch the indicator bulb on the tester WOn’t light.

Remove the screws holding the cover plate. Touch the tester to the two black wires connected to the medial side of the ceiling fan change to assure the power is disconnected.

By by eliminating the two to four screws release the ceiling fan canopy in the hanging bracket on the ceiling. In order to test the wires connecting the ceiling fan to the wires in the lover electrical box, let the canopy relaxation from the ceiling fan motor.

Hold the tester from the black wires linked as well as a wire connector. Although you switched off off the breaker that is right, double check before disconnecting the wires for strength.

Untwist the connectors keeping the wires to the ceiling fan wires in the box. Lift the ceiling enthusiast in the hanging bracket and established it on a worksurface that is a reliable.

Release by by detatching the two screws keeping it, the ceiling enthusiast wall change from your wall. Loosen the two final screws on along side it of the swap so that you can release the wires that are black. Dispose of the unique ceiling enthusiast wall swap.

Bend the ends of the copper that is white, black and bare wires in the box in the ceiling right into a hook. Create a hook-in the end-of a size of 12-3 non-metallic . that is electrical Hook the wires in the ceiling box to the 123 NM cable together Wrap the wires until the 123 is in electrical tape securely connected to the wires in the ceiling.

Look in the box that held the ceiling lover change. Get the wire connectors keeping the copper wires and the wires. Untwist these connectors and pull the two sets of wires aside.

The black, white and bare copper wires that operate in the box in the wall in the ceiling to the box. Pull the wires from your box in the wall. Pull the 123 attached as you pull the wires This replaces the 122 with the new 123 NM cable.

Pull the cable till you expose a-T least 8″ of 123 NM cable a T the electrical box in the wall. Cut the tape from your electrical cable to produce the outdated 122 NM and discard it. Leave a-T least 8″ of cable uncovered in the ceiling box.

Insert the ends of the 12 2 NM cable in to the middle hole of a cable ripper. Squeeze the ripper’s handles together to rip open at least 6″ of exterior sheath on the cable ends. Use wire-cutters to slice the the sheath that is free and expose the four wires within the cable. Strip about 3/4 inch of insulation off each of the uncovered wires, utilizing wire strippers.

Place the ceiling enthusiast to the hanging bracket on the ceiling. Connect the black motor wire in the ceiling fanto the black wire in the box. Twist a wire connector onto the wires that are black to secure them. Repeat this relationship for the two wires that are white.

Twist a wire connector onto the green wire in the ceiling fan-to the copper grounding wire from your box to link the two wires. Connect the red wire that is remaining in the ceiling to the remaining mild fixture wire from your ceiling fan. With regards to the manufacturer, this wire could be black using a stripe, blue or black having a yellow stripe.

Slide the canopy within the hanging bracket. Secure it with the screws you eliminated formerly.

Reconnect the white wire within the box in the wall to the new wire that is white, utilizing a wire connector. Do the sam-e using the two copper wires in the box. Carefully drive the two sets of wires to the rear of the box.

Get the black electrical wire called “line” connected to the ceiling fanlight twin dimmer swap. Connect it to the unique wire from your wall box using an orange wire connector. Connect the black electrical wire in the dimmer called “load” to the new black electrical wire you pulled to the wall box with a different connector.

Connect the red electrical wire in the wall box to the remaining electrical wire on the swap defined as “light” using an ultimate orange wire connector.

Position the twin dimmer change in the wall box. Secure the bottom of the dimmer and also the top change with all the screws that was included with it to the wall box. Cover plate provided together with the dimmer change.

Turn the breaker to reconnect the electricity to the ceiling enthusiast.

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The best way to Replace Window Panels

Windows are a reality of existence in every house, but you do not usually require to hire a panel to be replaced by a window or handy man organization. Even though the work demands treatment and planning correct installation and security factors, changing window panels may be performed by your self with minimum resources and talent.

Remove Damaged Glass

Put on safety glasses, work gloves or face shield. Long-sleeved shirts, pants and closed- shoes are recommended to avoid possible damage.

Remove glass that is damaged manually or with pliers and place it in alternative receptacle or a bucket. In case the split is little or the glass is cracked but not damaged, location duct tape on the window glass in a “x” development and tap the glass using a little hammer or equal device. The tape will help help with elimination and contain glass shards.

Scrape the glass putty also referred to as glazier’s putty — by scraping using a putty knife from across the body. Work the putty knife beneath the putty that is dried and pry to eliminate a part in a time. An electrical heat gun positioned about six to 10″ away can help soften it as you scrape a way if putty is difficult and tough to eliminate.

By prying up using the putty knife glazier ‘s points as you shift combined with putty elimination method. Glazier’s points are little steel clips that can pry easily in the window frame and hold glass in place.

Measure the inside of the window-frame and write down vertical and horizontal measurements. Take the measurements for slicing and also a small bit of damaged glass to make certain proper thickness to your local glass store.

Sand the within of the window-frame with sand-paper and utilize a gentle coat of wood primer using a tiny paintbrush. Allow to dry according to directions.

Install The New Glass Panel

A little amount of glazier’s putty to the the inside edges of the windowframe seat having a putty knife. Squeeze the putty on the body seat if utilizing a tube of putty and sleek with the putty knife. A 1/16-inch thickness is typically enough.

Place the glass in the window-frame and press lightly to embed the glass in to the putty. Use a helper in case the glass panel is too-large to manage safely or consider acquiring or leasing glass suction holders.

Insert glazier’s factors with fingers to the wood throughout the glass perimeter, then press firmly in location with all the putty knife. Points needs to be spaced roughly six to eight inches aside.

Scoop out a dollop of glazier’s putty with all roll and the putty knife right into a cigar that is elongated -like form about 1/2inch diameter. Skip this, if utilizing putty from a tube and check out the following section.

Apply the putty to the within fringe of of the window, and pressing in spot with fingers and smoothing. Before the complete windowframe is sealed continue together with the putty application.

Place the putty knife contrary to bottom and the glass of window-frame a-T a 4-5-diploma angle, scraping gently across the window perimeter to sleek the putty. Remove extra putty with putty knife or fingers.

Allow putty to dry according to producer guidelines and paint straight on the putty in the colour of your selection. This action is optional, as some producers have coloured putty which remove painting.

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